Radio Jammer Nailed With Stiff Penalty

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The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has imposed a $48,000 penalty against Jason R. Humphreys for using a cell phone jamming device in his car during his daily commute between Seffner and Tampa, Florida. Mr. Humphreys’ illegal operation of the jamming device continued for up to two years, caused actual interference to cellular service along a significant portion of Interstate 4, and disrupted police and other emergency communications.

On April 29, 2014, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) proposing a $48,000 forfeiture against Mr. Humphreys for willful and repeated violations of Sections 301, 302(b), and 333 of the Communications Act of 1934 and Sections 2.805(a) and 15.1(c) of the Commission’s rules by operation of an illegal jamming device, and causing intentional interference. Mr Humphreys did not file a response to the NAL.

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